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NLECTC-National oversees an NIJ standards-based testing program in which equipment such as ballistic- and stab-resistant body armor, double-locking metallic handcuffs and semiautomatic pistols are tested on a pass/fail basis. NLECTC-National also conducts comparative evaluations (testing equipment under field conditions) on patrol vehicles, patrol vehicle tires, replacement brake pads and cut-, puncture- and pathogen-resistant gloves.

Standards-Based Testing
Products are tested through NIJ’s voluntary Compliance Testing Program (CTP). Compliant Product Lists (CPLs) list models of products tested by the manufacturer that comply with NIJ standards. Click on the links below to view lists for ballistic-resistant body armor, stab-resistant body armor, metallic handcuffs and semiautomatic pistols.

Comparative Evaluation Programs

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New iconCompany Attains Certification to NIJ Body Armor Quality Management Standard

A Florida company is the first to attain certification to a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) body armor quality management standard whose purpose is to increase confidence that armor is being produced consistently.

ISO 9001 is a standard for quality management from the International Organization for Standardization. NIJ’s BA 9000, released in 2012, is the application of ISO 9001 specifically to ballistic-resistant body armor manufacturing. Manufacturers who want to become BA 9000 certified must comply with additional requirements.

HighCom Security, Inc., a body armor manufacturer, received BA 9000 certification in July 2014 from Perry Johnson Registrars, a provider of certification services.

When a manufacturing facility operates a quality management system certified as conforming to BA 9000, the manufacturer provides additional confidence in its ability to meet the needs of criminal justice practitioners and consistently produce armor that continues to represent armor samples used for initial performance testing.

Additional confidence in the manufacturer’s consistency can reduce frequency of periodic inspections and testing of armor samples under NIJ’s Body Armor Compliance Testing Program.

For additional information concerning BA 9000, email bactp@justnet.org.

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